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17 Life Changing Lessons To Learn From Socrates

If there's one thing I've learned from Socrates is you can't teach people anything. No matter how hard you try, you're never going to teach them anything. You can only make people think. You help open their eyes and realize what they are capable of.

Here are 17 of the best quotes and life changing lessons we can take from Socrates. Did we miss your favorite Socrates quotes? Share it in the comments below!


1. You have to be as you want to seem. No faking!

“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them."

2. Virtue does not come from money.

“I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person."

3. Read the writings of other men and women to improve yourself.

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for."

4. Wisdom is knowing how little you know.

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing."

“To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge."

“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing."

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us."

5. If you want to change the world, change yourself.

“Let him that would move the world first move himself." ~ Socrates

“Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity."

6. You'll be rich when you realize you have enough.

“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature."

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty."

7. Eat healthy to live.

“Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live."

8. Live a good life, not a life chosen for you by someone else.

“The unexamined life is not worth living."

“The really important thing is not to live, but to live well. And to live well meant, along with more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles."

9. Nothing in life is ever truly stationary. Everything is in a constant state of change.

“If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality."

10. Don't simply be busy, but be busy doing things that matter to you.

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life."

11. Explore the entire world.

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world."

12. Think for yourself. Don't let others do the thinking.

“To find yourself, think for yourself."

13. Don't rush head first into a friendship.

“Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant."

14. Choose your words wisely.

“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil."

15. Two wrongs don't make a right. Confront evil with good intentions.

“One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him."

16. Your soul is immortal.

“All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine."

17. Don't ever stifle your curiosity!

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom."

Uplifting

Homeless Man Found Long-Lost Sister After 20 Years, But That Wasn't Even The Miracle

You know what the best part of hardships is? It's the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how dim, or even nonexistent it may seem for a while, it's always there, waiting for you at your destination.

Logan's story didn't see the light for a whole 20 years, which for the young man was a whole lifetime. Yet, he didn't let life's hardest tests get him down and he always held on to the hope of finding that light, till one day he did. He thought reuniting with his lost sister would be the light he was looking for this whole time. Except his sister was already living with her own family at that point...

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Life Was Hard From The Very Beginning

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Logan's hardships started from the day he was born. For whatever reason, his parents didn't feel fit to raise him, so he was put up for adoption when he was just a toddler. Not all kids get lucky and get adopted when they get put in the system.

Unfortunately for Logan, no family wanted to keep him and he was sent from one foster home to the next until he reached the age of 18. Considered an adult, he aged out of the system and had no choice but to become homeless. All he had ever wanted was a family but instead, he grew up his whole life feeling alone.

A Social Worker Who Cared

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Fortunately, all it takes to make a difference in someone's life is finding one person who cares. For Logan, it was his social worker. Once his 11 years in the foster care system were up, Logan's caseworker was determined to find him a good place to live. So far, all his living arrangements had been temporary, and he had never had a place to call home. For a time, Logan even lived in his car.

Looking carefully through his files, they discovered that Logan actually had a biological sister named Shyann who was already living with a good family. The caseworker hoped and prayed that the family would also take an interest in Logan, so she called up Shyan's adoptive mother.

Logan Was Deemed To Be "Toxic"

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The caseworker was hoping Robert and Ara Hunt, Shyanna's parents would welcome Logan but that wasn't the case. The family already had 3 adopted children and they were afraid that Logan would disrupt the dynamic that they had created for their family.

Logan's sister was 12 years old at the time and the family was afraid that her biological homeless brother, who was living in a car, would be toxic to their family. In an interview, tey explained: : “We wanted nothing to do with him. We didn’t know anything about him. We were afraid.”

A Television Segment That Reflected The Truth

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You wouldn't think that television is where you'd find the truth and have your whole perspective changed but that was the case for Logan.

The Hunt family saw a local television segment about Logan's journey out of foster cre and it completely changed their mind on the young man. That piece changed the father Robert Hunt’s mind about the 18-year-old. The father said in an interview: “I was just knocked down. I think I’m a pretty good judge of character, and I saw the good character in him."

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From Tragedy To Blessings

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Up until then, Logan had known nothing but rejection. He told USA Today how the constant rejection that his life made him feel “empty” and “alone," and he felt as though he had “nothing to look forward to.”

Right when Logan thought his life couldn't get worse, he got into a car accident. Yet, he had no idea that this tragedy would turn into a blessing too. Ara went to go visit him in the hospital, and she ended up bringing him home with her. He had no idea another miracle would be waiting for him at her home.

Happily More After

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Logan went back to meet his sister and her newfound family thinking the reunion itself would be his miracle while he recovered from the accident. He believed his stay with the family would be temporary just like all his past ones.

As he bonded with the family, Logan fit right in. It didn't take long before the Hunt family performed a second miracle and decided to start the process of adopting Logan! It was finally Logan's chance to reach the light of the end of the tunnel and become part of a family just like he always wanted.

New Beginnings

Logan's life at almost 20 years old was just starting. After 13 years of temporary living arrangements, he finally found his forever home. It turns out that hope and patience were all he needed and the universe had a plan for him all along.

These kinds of stories can happen to anyone. You might think you're never going to catch a break, but there's a light waiting for you too. Are you still searching for your life purpose? You won't believe what the science of Numerology can reveal about you

The numerology of your birth date, regardless of what month you were born, can reveal surprising information about your personality and that's. a good place to start.

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